Perfectly Smokey

June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Smokey eyes have been a huge trend setting style for so long and if they ever go out of style, one thing’s for sure, I will still be walking around with mysteriously, sexy smokey eyes.

The trick to remember for perfectly smokey eyes is to blend a nice mix of light and dark colors on the eyes. Of course there is the traditional blend of gray and black colors, but don’t be afraid to mix other colors like peach and gold for more of a daytime look. Just keep in mind to always use the lighter color for the base of the lid and the darker color on top.

The Traditional Smokey Eye:

1. Prep the lid. To keep the lid oil-free, without having your make-up from making a mess and melting into your eyelid crease apply a eyeshadow base with either primer or concealer.

2. Applying light eyeshadows. Apply a little light shadow to the entire eye from the eyebrow to the lashes. I prefer to use a pearl or white shade. Then apply a light gray to the lid of the eye, making sure you blend the two colors together with a eyeshadow brush.

3. Apply eyeliner. Apply black liner to the upper lash line to your liking, either using liquid or a pencil eyeliner.

4. Bottom lashes. Use a black eyeliner pencil to the bottom lashes and run your finger over to smudge the line. Also, I prefer to blend a little bit of gray shadow to the smudge line and a pearl or white shadow directly on the corner of the eye that is closest to the nose.

5. The crease of the eye. Smudge on black eyeliner in the crease of the eye and blend in black eyeshadow. Also, blend in a little more light gray shadow with the black shadow. It looks too intense at first, but remember, just keep blending! It’s best to smudge the intense black liner and shadow with a Q-tip.

6. Mascara. Coat the upper and bottom lashes with several coats of black mascara for thick and long lashes.

7. Under the eye. Make sure to apply some concealer under your eyes to make sure there are no specs of sparkly eyeshadows.

Photo found via frantasticmakeup.com.

There’s No Place Like Home

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home” according to Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. If you don’t agree with Dorothy, I found some great budget- friendly ideas from homegoods.com to really give your home a makeover, while making you feel all warm and cozy inside. These are some of my favorites:  

1. Dress up your couch with colorful pillows in a variety of sizes and shapes. Not only will they give the room more personality, they’ll also make it more comfortable and inviting—for family and friends alike.

2. Bake chocolate-chip cookies—just because. Don’t worry if they’re from a mix or a tube. It’s the chocolate that counts. As an added bonus, your house will smell great! Or, as an alternative, try whipping up cupcakes or bread from one of our premade mixes.

3. Silver accents add luster to a room. Position a large silver or mercury glass bowl in the center of your dining room or coffee table and fill it with whatever makes you happy.

4. Serve ice cream sundaes—in martini glasses!

5. Venture into the wild. Add an animal print to your living room. Even if it’s small—a throw pillow, a picture frame—it will add some modern punch to your decor.

6. Play upbeat music during breakfast and sing along. Whether it’s classic rock, reggae or country, start your day with a song.  

7. Purchase a luxuriously scented hand wash and candle for your bathroom. When entertaining, light the candle as guests begin to arrive. Not only will it give the room an inviting glow, it will also subtly perfume the air. (Be sure to place unattended lit candles in a container or on a glass, metal or stone base to safeguard against accidents.)

8. Treat yourself to a divine mug of gourmet coffee…in your slippers.

9. Make the after-dinner dishwashing experience more pleasant for everyone with botanically infused dish cleansers and hand lotions. The fresh herbal scents will give a whole new meaning to “clean,” and the bottles are pretty enough to be left sitting out.

10. To encourage prep help in the kitchen: Add a perch for visitors. Stools are inexpensive, multipurpose and often painted in fun colors, and they fit easily in even the most cramped kitchen. Invest in one and you’ll rarely be without a companion while cooking dinner.

11. Turn your bathroom into a relaxing oasis with an assortment of scented bath oils, luxurious lotions and plush spa towels—and be the first to take advantage with a tranquil soak in the tub.

12. Celebrate holidays—and not just the big ones. Bake a cherry pie on Washington’s Birthday and festoon your tables with vases of American flags on Flag Day. Our motto: Never, ever pass up a chance to turn dinnertime into a party.

List found via homegoods.com

The Everyday Girls… You and I

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lookbook.nu is one of my favorite sites where you become inspired by everyday girl fashion finds from all around the world. These girls are just like you and I, pairing their bargain to luxury brand clothing and accessories together for a well-styled look. This site screams style and pizzazz, and for once, we, the everyday girls, are the focus for setting the trends, instead of the Hollywood celebrities we see on our TV screens.

Check out these photos and more like this via Lookbook.nu.

Yogurt & Granola Delight

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

This tasty treat will put a smile on your face and start your day off right and it is so delightful, you will even want it for dessert. Yep, that’s right… dessert!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces vanilla yogurt or any flavor to your liking
  • 1 cup granola cereal
  • Mixed fruit to your liking (optional)

Prepare

Place 1/3 cup of granola in a parfait glass. Top with half of the yogurt.

Repeat layers.

Top with remaining granola.

P.S. – Mix any of your favorite fruits into the yogurt before assembling or layer fruit in between yogurt and granola layers if so desired.

Recipe found via food.com

Icy White Russian Cocktails

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have a huge love for White Russians and this cocktail will definitely be a treat to anyone who has a coffee addiction because of the tasty coffee flavor in the Kahlúa mixed with the creaminess in the drink… yum!

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Kahlúa
  • Single Cream

Preparation 

Fill 6 glass tumblers with ice.

Put 2 tbsp vodka and 2 tbsp Kahlúa in each glass.

Drizzle 1 tbsp cream over each and serve immediately.

Recipe found via bbcgoodfood.com

Apple Martini With A Cherry On Top

June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sour Apple Martini

When it comes to making cocktails, the eye-catching, bright green Apple Martini is one of my sweet favorites. When you’re in the mood for one, try it with a few cherries to add more personality.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz green-apple schnapps

Preparation

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

Shake well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Enjoy!

Photo found via taylormadetidbits.com / Recipe found via cocktails.about.com

Simple & Sweet

June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

This simple and sweet recipe will take no time at all and will awaken your taste buds! Cupcakes make the perfect treat for yourself and they are so freakin’ cute and tasty, they can make great gifts for friends and family too.

Recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs

Prepare

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with cute paper liners.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add shortening, milk and vanilla. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape side of bowl with a spatula.

Add eggs to the mixture. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape bowl again. Beat on high speed for 1 minute and 30 seconds until well mixed.

Spoon cupcake batter into paper liners until 1/2 to 2/3 full.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Allow cupcakes to cool completely before decorating.

Photo found via flickr.com / Recipe found via cupcakerecipes.com

Recipe for Butter Cream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 5 oz butter – softened
  • 8 oz confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons hot water

Prepare

Beat together the butter and sugar with an electric beater.

Once well combined, add the vanilla and water. Beat until smooth and creamy.

Recipe found via cupcake-creations.com

P.S. – Add some yummy fruit of your choice on top for a girly touch.